Erik van der Wurff

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Van der Wurff (1979)

Erik van der Wurff (born July 9, 1945 in De Bilt ; † September 22, 2014 ibid) was a Dutch composer , pianist , producer , conductor and arranger .


Van der Wurff studied piano , double bass and flute at the Utrecht Conservatory . Here he met Herman van Veen and founded the cabaret group Cabaret Chantant Harlekijn with him . Van der Wurff worked with van Veen for more than 50 years. He has appeared with him on many international podiums, including more than 350 times at the Koninklijk Theater Carré in Amsterdam, the Hamburger Schauspielhaus , the Berlin Philharmonie , the Wiener Konzerthaus , the Queen's Hall in London, the Carnegie Hall and the Alice Tulley Hall in New York.

In addition to working with van Veen, where he worked as a composer, musician, conductor in television productions, theater shows and major concerts, Erik van der Wurff worked with John Denver , Toots Thielemans , Robert Long , Danny de Munk , Ramses Shaffy and many more well-known Dutch artists as well as international orchestras such as the American Symphony Orchestra. He wrote numerous film scores , chansons , musicals and symphonic works, which were successfully performed in countries such as Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and the USA.

Van der Wurff has also composed music for international television series, for example for the children's series Alfred J. Kwak and Janoschs Traumstunden , has worked on productions for Residentie Orkest (The Hague), the Noord Hollands Filharmonisch Orkest (Haarlem), the Orkest van het Oosten ( Enschede), the Radio Filharmonisch Orkest (Hilversum), the BRT Filharmonisch Orkest (Brussels) and the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Duisburg / Düsseldorf). Van der Wurff was also a sought-after arranger.

Of the productions in which he participated, more than 15 were awarded an Edison . He received the 1978 Louis David Prize for the best song of the year, received the Golden Dog (Gouden Hond) by EMI, was for his oeuvre with the Gouden Harp honored the Foundation Conamus, for the musical De wereld van Mathijs he got the Golden Heart (Gouden Hart) of the city of Rotterdam. He was also the recipient of the De Bilt Municipality Art and Culture Prize.

Erik van der Wurff was diagnosed with leukemia in 2006 . He died on September 22, 2014 at the age of 69 as a result of the disease.


  • 1976: Heimwee naar de herfst
  • 1979: May morning
  • 1979: Uit elkaar
  • 1982: Van de koele meren des doods
  • 1989: Erik van der Wurff
  • 2001: Wat je zingt dat ben je zelf (with Gerard Cox)
  • 2005: Sadhana


Web links

Commons : Erik van der Wurff  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Musicus Erik van der Wurff overleden in De Bilt. of September 23, 2014 (Dutch), accessed on September 23, 2014
  2. Herman van Veen over overleden muzikant Erik van der Wurff: “Alsläde zoveel jaar kan duren ..” (Dutch). Retrieved September 23, 2014 .